J.C. Jackson is doubtful for Chargers’ opener vs. Raiders

After not practicing all week, JC Jackson was officially ruled doubtful for the Chargers’ season opener against Las Vegas on Sunday.

The Pro Bowl cornerback had surgery on his right ankle on Aug. 23, when the Chargers announced Jackson would return in two to four weeks.

“We put him through one by one somehow [drills], ramping him up,” coach Brandon Staley said. “He will go again [Saturday], and then he’ll go pregame again. Then we will see what happens.”

Jackson’s absence would leave Michael Davis and Asante Samuel Jr. as the team’s best outside cornerbacks, with Bryce Callahan in the slot.

After the game against the Raiders, the Chargers have a short week to travel to Kansas City for a Thursday night game. That means Jackson could miss two key AFC West matches to open his career with the Chargers.

He signed a five-year deal worth up to $82.5 million with a $40 million guarantee in March after spending four seasons with New England.

Also of doubt for the Chargers is backup tight end Donald Parham Jr., who missed training all week with a hamstring problem. Staley said Parham has “suffered a bit of a setback” recently.

The team added linebacker Drue Tranquill to its Friday injury report for a back problem that Staley said surfaced at the end of Thursday’s practice. He is classified as questionable.

Tranquill started indoors alongside Kyle Van Noy. Behind Tranquill are Kenneth Murray Jr. and Troy Reeder. Murray started 2020 in 16 games as a rookie and started as a starter last season before suffering an ankle injury.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/chargers/story/2022-09-09/jc-jackson-doubtful-chargers-raiders J.C. Jackson is doubtful for Chargers’ opener vs. Raiders

Emma Bowman

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